Crown says David Woods led police to wife's body

The first degree murder trial of David Woods continues in Saskatoon today with dramatic testimony of police discovering his wife's body.

Dorothy Woods body found 15 minutes after police begin search near Blackstrap Lake

David Woods arrives at court on April 29 in Saskatoon. (Dan Zakreski/CBC)
Sgt. Dave Hudson (CBC)
Jurors at the David Woods murder trial heard dramatic testimony this morning of how police discovered his missing wife's body.

David is accused of killing his wife, Dorothy. The 45-year-old went missing from the couple's east-side home on the Remembrance Day weekend in 2011. 

Today, Sgt. David Hudson walked through exactly how police came to find her body in a culvert near Lake Blackstrap. Hudson was the lead investigator. This is his second day on the stand.

On January 2, 2012, RCMP issued a news release that unidentified female human remains were located outside of Saskatoon. The release did not specify race or age, and it was widely reported in local media.

On January 3, Saskatoon police noticed that one of the tracking devices on one of the David's vehicles had gone south of the city that day of the RCMP news release. Officers reconstructed the route and decided to search the area.

"It was very unusual," Hudson said.

On January 4, officers returned to search the valley bottom. They arrived at 11:00 a.m. CST and within 15 minutes — at 11:15 a.m. CST — they discovered Dorothy`s body in the culvert that ran under the old highway in the valley.

David was charged shortly after with her murder.

Read CBC's Dan Zakreski tweets from the courtroom this morning. David Shield will be tweeting live this afternoon.